By Bridget Walsh
In the outdoor track and field season, the men’s track and field team has competed in seven meets as of May 1, and they are anxiously preparing to host the MAC Conference meet from May 4–6.
At the Tribe Invitational hosted by William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va., the Bulldogs placed second out of three teams. It was at this meet that senior Bradley Kilheeney earned MAC Track Athlete of the Week for the week of March 20. He placed first in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:32.57. Not only did his time break the school record, but it was also the third fastest time in the country after the opening week of the season.
At the Widener University Invitational on April 22, sophomore Kyle McCann highlighted the team’s performance, taking fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:55.54. Other top performers in track competition included freshman Marc Brown Track & field prepares for MACs at home who placed 11th in the 400-meter with a time of 50.53, and sophomore Patrick Ludlow who placed ninth in the 800-meter with a time of 1:55.66. In the field competition, freshman Chris Brinkman placed 13th in the hammer throw.
“The team is doing pretty well overall,” said sophomore Gabe Lamm. “We have a few guys who are battling through injuries and are out for the season, but everyone else seems to be in great shape.”
The Bulldogs’ last opportunity to prepare for the MAC Championships was the Lehigh Games April 29– 30. Junior Robert Jones and freshman Quadir Thomas each took home two top eight finishes.
In the outdoor track and field season, the DeSales women’s track and field team has competed in seven meets as of May 1, and along with the men’s team they are preparing for their opportunity to host the MAC Conference meet from May 4-6.
“I would say that everyone is making great strides this year, with running great races leading up to now. It’s a big year since everybody is qualified and ready to go,” said junior Veronica Wheeler. “We’re all trying to get set up to run some great times and distances at MACs.”
At the Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton University on April 21, senior Beth Dauer set a season-best time in the 800-meters with a time of 2:15.13, five seconds faster than her original top time of the season.
At the Widener University Invitational on April 22, several Bulldogs had best season and team times, including freshman Emily Jacobson in the 100-meter dash with a 13.30, junior Victoria Cantelmo in the 10k with a time of 43:48.21, senior Katie Cappuccino in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:10.46 and sophomore Dymond Black in the hammer throw with a distance of 31.06 meters.
At the Lehigh Games April 29–30, Dauer beat her 800-meter record yet again and placed fifth with a time of 2:13.45, less than a second slower than the school-record time of senior Katie Downing.
Senior Nicole Umbenhaur also performed well by placing ninth in the javelin toss at 116-00 feet.
The MAC Conference Championships are set to begin on Thursday, May 4 with two field event finals and four track event finals beginning at 1 pm. On Friday, May 5, there will be trials and finals in ten field events, finals in two track events and preliminaries in 14 track events, all beginning at 10 a.m. On the last day of championship competition, the remaining track and field finals will begin at noon.
“I believe the team will surprise a lot of people at MAC’s,” said Lamm. “We’ve been working extremely hard and I think it’s going to show when it comes time to compete.”